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Top Free Things to See and Do around Melbourne in December

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Published November 25th 2018
Melbourne for Free in December
Enjoy FREE events and activities in Melbourne this month

city of melbourne christmas
Photo courtesy of City of Melbourne


Bid farewell the Springtime of November and welcome the Summer festivities of December. Melbourne continues to offer a number of free activities that the whole family can enjoy! From vegan markets to cultural festivities to the Big Bash League opening weekend, there's sure to be something for you and your family to do. There are also loads of free Christmas events around Melbourne. Don't forget the New Year's Eve fireworks. Get ready for a fun-filled month in one of the busiest cities in Australia.

1 Dec Vegan Market of Melbourne

vegan market of melbourne
Photo courtesy of Yarra City Council


The Vegan Market of Melbourne, formerly known as the Vegan Mini Market, is said to be the best thing for one's body and soul. Some of Melbourne's vegan pop-up stores will be present with a selection of tasty and ethical vegan produce and products. YAY! Foods, Larrykin Dog Treats, Chubby Cheeks Ice Cream and Velvety alongside others will also showcase vegan products and produce in a different light. There will be live entertainment, free workshops and children's activities on the day to complement the stalls. For more information, visit the website.

Time: 9am 3pm
Venue: Providence Lawn
Address: 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067

1 to 2 Dec Rebel WBBL04 Opening Weekend

wbbl 04 melbourne
Photo courtesy of Cricket Australia


The Women's Big Bash League brings all the action of cricket together with some of the best cricketers worldwide and plenty of family fun. All eight clubs will be playing over two days running so don't miss your chance to get behind your some of your home favourites from the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegade, as well as some of the biggest names in cricket from around the world.

On Saturday, see the Scorchers take on the Hurricanes, and the Stars take the Sixers in the second game. On Sunday, see the Strikers take on the Heat, and the Renegades take the Thunder in the last game.

The fun doesn't end there as the CitiPower Centre at Junction Oval will be converted into the ultimate summer fair with entertainment which comprises of a Bounce Inc. Zone, loads of food trucks, live music, plenty of giveaways and the chance to meet WBBL and BBL superstars! For more information, visit the website.

Time: 10am 5pm
Venue: Junction Oval
Address: Corner Queens Road & Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182

7 to 9 Dec Melbourne World Rice Festival

rice festival melbourne
Photo courtesy of NXF Media Pty Ltd


The World Rice Festival arrives in Melbourne this December after showcasing in Sydney. Organised by NXF Media, the event will share the untold stories about rice as a key staple of worldwide cuisine and showcase some producer destinations which you may have never heard of. Come along and join in the celebration of diversity and multicultural ethnicity through the art of cuisine, drinks and musical performances at the lower terrace of Birrarung Marr. For more details, visit the website.

Time: 12pm 9pm
Venue: Birrarung Marr Lower Terrace
Address: Melbourne VIC 3004

7, 14, 21 & 28 Dec Friday Open Mic Comedy at Voltaire

Club Voltaire friday stand up comedy melbourne
Photo courtesy of Club Voltaire


If you're keen on having a good laugh (or a few), head over to North Melbourne to enjoy some of the best comedians from Melbourne and all-around Australia. From newbies giving it their best shot, to the professionals just trying out some new stuff, these Friday nights are sure to have you cracking up! Want to try out your comedian skills or are just feeling funny? Sign up at 7pm on the night to perform as this is the perfect place to bring your friends and try comedy! For more details and to register your FREE tickets, visit the website.

Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Voltaire
Address: 14 Raglan St, North Melbourne, VIC 3051

8 Dec African Music and Cultural Festival

African Music and Cultural Festival melbourne
Photo courtesy of Victorian Multicultural Commission


The largest annual African festival in Australia, the African Music and Cultural Festival showcases a spectacular range of lively music, dance, a variation of art, cultural performances and authentic cuisines from the continent. It is also one of the most popular ethnic and cultural festivals in Melbourne.

Be prepared to be whisked away to the culture-rich country of Africa through this free one-day event at Federation Square. It offers a day out for the family with entertainment including cultural performances, fashion shows, artists with traditional costumes, and the ever-popular African drums. All of which contribute to the day being a memorable and special experience which promotes diversity and understanding of African culture in Melbourne. For more details, visit the website.

Time: 10am 10pm
Venue: Federation Square
Address: Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9016 3391

9 Dec Big Day Out for Dogs & Canine Christmas Markets

big day out for dogs melbourne
Photo courtesy of Dogs Victoria


A perfect day for the family and those who love furry friends organised by Dogs Victoria. You can bring your pup out and meet other dog lovers. There will be a range of activities for both the dogs and for the kids including breed displays, dog sport demonstrations, dog shows, kids activities, lucky draws and even a Canine Christmas Market. Visit the website for more details.

Time: 10.30am to 4pm
Venue: KCC Park
Address: 655 Westernport Highway, Skye VIC 3977
Phone: 03 9788 2500

14 Dec Tarneit Night Market

tarneit night market wyndham melbourne
Photo courtesy of RPM Real Estate Group


The Tarneit Night Market supports local businesses and offers a range of delicious foods, artisan crafts, music and lots more. Take advantage of the summer evening with family and friends and enjoy a showcase of some of the best local crafts. You can have a taste of varied cuisines and enjoy the free entertainment on the grounds of the Penrose Community Centre. There will also be a Moonlight Cinema presented by Wyndham Youth Services with screenings commencing at 8.30pm. There is plenty to do in Wyndham so combine your evening with a day out in the area. For more details, visit the website.

Time: 6pm 9pm
Venue: Penrose Community Centre
Address: 83 Penrose Promenade, Tarneit, VIC 3029
Phone: 03 8734 1346

16 Dec Whitehorse Carols

whitehorse carols melbourne
Photo courtesy of Whitehorse City Council


Head over to the Whitehorse Civic Centre for some Christmas fun this December. Alongside Santa's arrival, there will be an abundance of amazing performers including the ever-popular Rob Mills, Verity Hunt-Ballad, the Blackburn High School Senior Jazz Orchestra, the Australian Girls' Choir and the Combined Churches of North Blackburn. The entire concert will be AUSLAN interpreted with a dedicated stage viewing area at stage left with interpreters on the big screen throughout the night. You can also keep an eye out for Santa and his elves from 4.30pm to snap some photos. For more information, visit the website. There are lots more FREE Christmas events around Melbourne to enjoy. Simply click here to read more.

Time: 4.30pm - 9.20pm
Venue: Whitehorse Civic Centre Precinct, Nunawading
Address: 399 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading VIC 3131
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Why? Loads of free things to do and see in Melbourne this December
When: December
Where: Various locations around Melbourne
Cost: Free
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